Days till Marathon: 136
You don’t realize how much you’ll miss running until you can’t do it. It felt so good to run again today after 4 days of not being able to. Admittedly, I was slightly less happy after the first mile and a half. I really need to dedicate myself to this program though because I am nowhere near the endurance level that I need to have. I’m considering going two a days two or three times a week for the next month in order to kick start my program. I’ve heard that two a days help build endurance without killing your body. For example, I could not go run 6 miles under any circumstance, but I could certainly go run two 3 milers….or even two 3.5 milers. I need to make sure that I train hard, but not to the point where I burn myself out mentally and quit. I need to learn to balance.
On a slight side note, I’ve decided to start cross training and strength training. Today’s cross training was Pilates…..or yoga on steroids. I am definitely not in the shape that I used to be. I have lost both flexibility and strength as seen through tonight Pilates class. It’s okay though. It’s a starting point.
In order to stick with this program I need to stop expecting my same fitness level from when I was at my peak. I need to forgive myself for allowing myself to slip into worse shape because otherwise I will just dishearten myself. Even if progress is slow, it’s still a step forward.
New discovery of the day: homemade pudding is delicious….especially cookies and cream flavor! But don’t worry, I ate small portions and used willpower. Who’d have thunk it!?!